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TRIBUTE: 10 things every Nigerian should remember about late Mama Taraba


A former minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha-Jummai Alhassan popularly known as Mama , has died at the age of 61.

“Mama (Al-Hassan) died in a hospital today in Cairo. We will miss her,” a former aide to Al-Hassan, who pleaded anonymity, said on the telephone.

Here are ten things you need to know about Mama Taraba:

1. Al-Hassan is a former Minister of Women Affairs.

2. She was the All Progressives Congress’ Governorship Candidate for Taraba State in the 2015 general elections.

3. Mama Taraba contested for the same seat on the platform of the United Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections after resigning as a minister in the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on July 27, 2018.

4. She is a lawyer by training, she became the first female to be appointed Taraba State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.

5. The first woman to be appointed as Secretary FCT judicial council and later appointed the Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on 17 December 2003. After she retired from service she went into business.

6. Her elder brother is former Senator Abdulazeez Ibrahim from 1999-2007. She actively supports the Taraba State Football Association.

7. In the January 2011 PDP primaries, Jummai defeated the incumbent senator, former Ambassador Manzo Anthony.

8. In the 9 April 2011 elections, Jummai won 114,131 votes, followed by Jolly Nyame of the Action.

9. She is a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District.

10. Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with 92,004 votes. She was one of four women elected on the PDP ticket, the others being Nkechi Nwaogu (Abia Central), Helen Esuene (Akwa Ibom South) and Nenadi Usman (Kaduna South). Following the election, she was said to have been in competition for the Senate President seat.

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